Showing posts with label Palo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Palo. Show all posts

Paganism & Wicca - What Is Palo? Who Is A Palero?

Palo is a spiritual and mystical Afro-Cuban tradition derived from Nganga. 

  • Palo may include Freemasonry, Roman Catholicism, and Spiritism in addition to its African origins.
  • Palo Mayombe and Palo Monte are two of the many branches. 
  • Palo is deeply founded in necromantic traditions, and the ceremonial construction and upkeep of a cauldron (prenda) holding different objects, including human bones, is essential to its practice. 

The Palero is a practioner of Palo and often refers to a master of the Art. 

  • The palero and the ghost of a deceased person make a contract to create the prenda. 


  • Palo refers to ceremonial activities and literally means "stick" (as in a tiny branch). 
  • Deities are often referred to as orishas, like in Santeria, but they are also referred to as nkisi. 
  • It's possible that they'll be syncretized with Roman Catholic saints. 
  • Many nkisi are exclusive to Palo, while others are shared by Santeria and Candomble, but under different names. 
  • As a result, Zarabanda is known as Ogun, the Iron Spirit, whereas Lucifero refers to Elegba as the Trickster. 
  • Palo has been banned many times and has always been a secret organization whose secrets were only known to initiates. 
  • Practitioners have just lately started to share their tradition with others. 

Further Reading: Baba Raul Canizares' The Book of Palo (Original Publications, 2002).

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